For those living under the threat of domestic violence, spousal abuse, stalking or any other type of emotional or physical threat in Virginia, it is important to understand the benefits of a protective order. A protective order, formally referred to as a restraining order, is an order granted through the court system that extends legal protection from the offending person for a defined period of time. If the offender violates the protective order, he or she would likely be arrested and charged with a crime.
Many people are victims of domestic violence, and they may not know what to do in order to plan for their safety and to get help. There are options available to victims of domestic violence. It is important for those affected to secure the safety of themselves and any children as well as to seek help from the appropriate authorities.
If a person is in fear of suffering physical or sexual abuse, that person may get a restraining order. A restraining order may prevent an individual from contacting the person who asks for the order and the petitioner's family. In the event that an abuse victim shares a home with his or her alleged abuser, the person named in the order must leave the residence if it is granted.
A few weeks ago we posted an blog about a man who started a petition to get Virginia to pass a state law that would create a domestic violence registry, which would function much like the sexual predator registry.
Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects many families in Virginia and throughout the country. When a person no longer feels safe in his or her own home, seeking protection is extremely important. One way to do this is to seek a protective order against an abuser, which is exactly what the wife of "Scandal" actor Columbus Short did recently.